Jets, Byfuglien continue to talk; Ladd situation quieter

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As the NHL trade deadline quickly approaches, the Winnipeg Jets are trying to come to terms on an extension with star defenceman Dustin Byfuglien.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, there has been “a lot of conversation between the two sides” lately.

Byfuglien, who has said he’d love to remain with the Jets, is a pending unrestricted free agent. It’s expected the 30-year-old will earn an increase on his current $5.2-million salary cap hit.

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The situation with fellow pending UFA Andrew Ladd is murkier, though, according to Friedman.

“The word is if both sides are willing to budge, there is a possibility for a deal there,” Friedman said. “But, we’ve got to wait to see if both those sides are willing to come back to the table.”